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What clubs did Roberto Carlos play for and when did he retire? Soccer Aid legend returns

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Jun 10, 2023
What clubs did Roberto Carlos play for and when did he retire? Soccer Aid legend returns

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Roberto Carlos will turn back the clock on Sunday for his latest appearance in Soccer Aid.

The ex-Brazil star has competed in three of the last four editions of Soccer Aid, becoming a fan favourite for the Rest of the World XI.

Carlos made 125 appearances for Brazil

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Carlos made 125 appearances for BrazilCredit: Getty

Once upon a time, the 50-year-old was considered the finest left-back in world football.

He is synonymous with the iconic Brazil team which won the 2002 World Cup, as well as Real Madrid’s famous ‘Galacticos’.

Nicknamed El Hombre Bala (The Bullet Man), Carlos could hit the ball at more than 105mph and his outside-of-the-boot free-kicks are the stuff of legend.

Uniao Sao Joao

Carlos’ career began as a 15-year-old at a club in Araras, Sao Paulo.

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He turned professional at the age of 18 and earned a surprise call-up to the Brazil national team one year later.

The left-back also spent some time on loan at Atletico Mineiro.

Palmeiras

In 1993, Carlos earned a move to one of the biggest clubs in Brazil.

He would stay in Sao Paolo and win two consecutive Brazilian league titles with Palmeiras.

Inter Milan

At 22, Carlos made the move from South America to Europe, snubbing Aston Villa for Inter Milan.

Carlos struggled initially upon arrival in Europe

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Carlos struggled initially upon arrival in EuropeCredit: Rex

Despite scoring a 30-yard free-kick on his debut, the Brazilian only spent one season at the San Siro.

Then-manager Roy Hodgson wanted Carlos to play on the wing and the player did not agree.

Real Madrid

Carlos found a home in Madrid after his move to the Bernabeu in 2006.

He would become the club’s first-choice left-back for the next 11 years, playing 584 matches in all competitions and scoring 71 goals.

Carlos became an icon in the Spanish capital

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Carlos became an icon in the Spanish capitalCredit: AFP

Carlos won four LaLiga titles and lifted the Champions League trophy three times.

Fenerbahce

The left-back was 34 by the time he left Madrid and decided on a move to Turkey.

He won the Turkish Super Cup in 2007, but that was the only highlight of an uneventful stint.

Upon the expiry of his contract in 2009, Carlos offered to return to Los Blancos and play for free.

Corinthians

Instead, Carlos returned to his homeland in Brazil after 15 years away.

He would play alongside his ex-Madrid and Brazil teammate Ronaldo.

Carlos eventually returned to Brazil

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Carlos eventually returned to BrazilCredit: AFP

However, the move turned sour when Carlos was threatened by fans following the Copa Libertadores defeat to Tolima in 2011, and he duly requested to leave the club.

Anzhi Makhachkala

Despite links to Notts County, Carlos moved to the Russian Premier League in 2011.

His time at the club was marred by two incidents of racism from fans.

Playing under Guus Hiddink, the Brazilian announced plans to retire at the end of the 2012.

He continued to work behind the scenes as a coach.

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Delhi Dynamos

After three years away from the game, Carlos had a brief spell as player-manager in the Indian Premier League.

He made three competitive appearances before officially hanging up his boots at the age of 43.

He went to India for one last hurrah

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He went to India for one last hurrahCredit: Getty

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